Monday, April 30, 2018

PAGCOR Puts Galaxy Entertainment’s Boracay Casino Project “On Hold”

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PAGCOR Puts Galaxy Entertainment’s Boracay Casino Project “On Hold”

The gaming regulator of the Philippines revealed that the PHP500-million integrated casino resort project of Galaxy Entertainment Group in the country’s most popular holiday destination – the island of Boracay – was put on hold until the Macau-based operator is able to convince the president that the project would be beneficial for the region. As […]

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888 Casino NJ Shows No Signs Of Slowing Down, Adds 61 New Games

888 Casino NJ Shows No Signs Of Slowing Down, Adds 61 New Games
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888 Casino in New Jersey announced it added 61 new online casino games thanks to partnerships with NetEnt and IGT. It's yet another sign that 888 Casino NJ has big plans for 2018.

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Helio Gaming to make its Asia debut

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Helio Gaming to make its Asia debut

In its Asia debut this month, Malta-based provider of online lottery games, Helio Gaming, will reportedly showcase its new customizable lottery games, which will include its flagship brand Lotto Hero. The company’s Chief Executive Officer Richard Mifsud, will reportedly be on hand at Japan Gaming Congress in Tokyo May 10-11 at the Conrad, Tokyo and […]

Ocean Resort Casino Owner Promises Difference-Making Experience upon Property’s Reopening

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Ocean Resort Casino Owner Promises Difference-Making Experience upon Property’s Reopening

Days after reports emerged that Ocean Resort Casino, formerly Revel, will open doors on June 28, the property’s owner, Bruce Deifik, revealed important details about their plans of how to prevent it from failure.

The former Revel launched in 2012 to much fanfare, but survived in the highly competitive East Coast casino landscape for just over two years. The property was shuttered in 2014 to become one of four Atlantic City Boardwalk casino properties to close doors that year.

Revel was purchased by Florida developer Glenn Straub in 2015. The businessman announced back then plans to reopen it as a casino resort but missed several self-imposed deadlines, while bickering with the owners of the power plant that serviced the property and with city officials and casino regulators over whether he needed a casino license or not.

Mr. Straub eventually accepted a $200-million offer from Mr. Deifik late last year after previously being approached by several other interested parties with similar bids. It became known earlier this year that the property will reopen doors as Ocean Resort Casino sometime this summer.

A Difference Maker

According to reports from local news outlets, the property might open on June 28, along with Hard Rock’s redesigned and rebranded Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, or the former Trump Taj Mahal. In his conversation with The Associated Press, Mr. Deifik did not confirm those reports. However, it became clear that the property is still targeting a summer 2018 opening, just as previously announced.

Mr. Deifik said that they have been paying close attention to what people have to say about Revel, both positive and negative and transfer that into their work on turning Ocean Resort Casino into an attractive destination. Listening to what people say and treating them with respect, Mr. Deifik believes, will be the difference-maker.

The property’s new owner will look to learn from mistakes and to broaden Ocean Resort Casino’s accessibility to different groups of visitors. For instance, there will no longer be a two-night stay requirement, a wall that previously blocked access to the casino floor from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk will be replaced by stairs that will welcome foot traffic, and there will be more facilities dedicated to children.

Customers of the former Revel have said that they felt unwelcome there and that higher-end visitors and guests were seemingly treated with more respect. Mr. Deifik said that customers and gamblers of all levels will be welcome to Ocean Resort Casino.

There were previous complaints that smoking patrons felt unwelcome at Revel as they were not able to smoke at the property. Mr. Deifik said that while he is not a smoker himself, he understands that group of customers deserves to be treated respectfully and that it will be welcome at Ocean Resort Casino, once it opens doors this summer.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Sam Greenwood Takes Down EPT Monte Carlo €100,000 Super High Roller

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Sam Greenwood Takes Down EPT Monte Carlo €100,000 Super High Roller

Canadian poker pro Sam Greenwood was the first player to register into the 2018 EPT Monte Carlo €100,000 Super High Roller event and, in the early hours of Sunday, he became the last man standing after besting a field of 30 of the world’s best high rollers.

Greenwood collected €1.52 million after a lengthy final day of play, which included an action-packed heads-up battle against Germany’s Christoph Vogelsang. The German received €1.046 million for his runner-up finish.

It was in fact Vogelsang who led the final six players into Day 3 of the Super High Roller tournament. He had a massive chip lead over the rest of his opponents, but it should be said that all six survivors were running quite deep at the start of the day.

The first elimination of the day occurred quite quickly. Isaac Haxton fell out in sixth place, after clashing against Vogelsang. The player collected €313,000 for his performance.

It then took hours before another player left the final table. The remaining survivors were all careful during those several hours, playing small pots and trying not to get themselves into trouble. Justin Bonomo, who was vying for his second EPT Monte Carlo Super High Roller title was the next to leave, good for €401,000.

Bonomo was followed by the other former EPT Monte Carlo Super High Roller champion at the final table, Germany’s Ole Schemion. His share of the prize pool totaled €513,000. The elimination of recreational player and businessman Ali Reza Fatehi in third place marked the beginning of the heads-up match. Fatehi meanwhile scooped €669,920 from the tournament.

Greenwood vs. Vogelsang

An action-packed four-handed play which involved all four players taking the lead at some point was followed by an even more exciting heads-up duel. The match began with Greenwood holding 7.61 million in chips to Vogelsang’s 3.89 million.

However, the German spotted an opportunity to even and then take the lead which he played beautifully. At one point, Vogelsang was just a river card away from the title, but that river card went Greenwood’s way to save him from busting out in second place.

It was a lengthy heads-up battle which extended into the early hours of Sunday. It was half an hour past midnight when the job was finally done and the EPT Monte Carlo Super High Roller had its new champion.

On what turned out to be the final hand in play, Vogelsang’s [Ah][5h] clashed against Greenwood’s [Ks][Jc]. A [Js] on the flop and a [Jd] on the river sealed it for the Canadian player. Vogelsang received €1.046 million for his excellent performance and deep run.

Last night’s victory marked Greenwood’s largest live tournament win. It is also interesting to note that the Canadian player came into the EPT Monte Carlo festival fresh from two tournament wins earlier in April. The player first topped the field of the partypoker Millions Grand Final Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller for €1 million in prize money and then won the WPT Amsterdam €6,000 High Roller for €125,785.

Including his latest in-the-money finish from last night, Greenwood’s live tournament winnings currently exceed $11 million.

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Janis Laganovskis to speak at upcoming Mare Balticum Gaming Summit

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Janis Laganovskis to speak at upcoming Mare Balticum Gaming Summit

After announcing the first lineup of speakers back in February, organizers of the Mare Balticum Gaming Summit have announced that four regulators will be present during the event to provide briefings and official gaming numbers from the Danish, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuanian markets. Each market will have panel discussions on the schedule with Janis Laganovskis […]

iGaming Hub Malta Gives Nod to Three Proposed Cryptocurrency Bills

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iGaming Hub Malta Gives Nod to Three Proposed Cryptocurrency Bills

Malta has been known as the online gambling hub in Europe for many years now and at this point, it is synonymous with the place where iGaming developers prefer to operate and let their businesses thrive. As it was confirmed this Friday, the authorities have given green light to as many as three blockchain regulation […]

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Amid Opening Rumors, Ocean Resort Casino Swings Into Summer With Topgolf

Amid Opening Rumors, Ocean Resort Casino Swings Into Summer With Topgolf
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Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City has been mum about its grand opening (rumored to be June 28, the same day as Hard Rock AC), but the former Revel recently announced it's bringing Topgolf to AC this summer.

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Vogelsang Heads Final Table, Schemion and Bonomo Eye Second EPT Monte Carlo Super High Roller Title

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Vogelsang Heads Final Table, Schemion and Bonomo Eye Second EPT Monte Carlo Super High Roller Title

The EPT Monte Carlo is among the most exciting festivals on the poker calendar. This year the excitement is doubled as the festival is making its comeback under the EPT brand after a two-year hiatus.

And the highest buy-in event on what is currently officially running as the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT is under way at the host venue. The €100,000 Super High Roller has always drawn poker’s finest talent and this year makes no difference.

Day 2 of the major event was played on Friday. It started off with 24 players, including Orpen Kisacikoglu and Daniel Dvoress who re-bought into the tournament shortly before the beginning of the second day of play. This year’s EPT Monte Carlo Super High Roller attracted a field of 46 entries, including 16 re-entries, to create a prize pool of €4,462,920. The top six places are paid, min-cash is worth €313,000. Aside from the very prestigious title of a Super High Roller victor, the winner will also receive a first-place prize of €1,520,000.

It was a rather short day at the host casino on Friday. Half of the 24 players who entered Day 2 of the Super High Roller were eliminated within the first four hours of action. Play lasted until the final six players were determined. Mikita Badziakouski, who bagged the largest stack into Day 2 and thrived for a big part of the day, eventually became the unfortunate bubble boy. He was knocked out in seventh place by German poker pro Christoph Vogelsang. The latter thus cemented his position as the overnight chip leader.

Aiming for Another Big Title

Vogelsang has recorded more than $15 million in live tournament earnings since October 2013, when he cashed for the first time in a live tournament event. Last year, the young German took down the highly competitive field of the $300,000 Aria Super High Roller Bowl for a first-place prize of $6 million. It is also important to note that back in 2014, he finished third in the $1,000,000 Big One for ONE DROP, leaving it to Dan Colman and Daniel Negreanu to square off for the title. Vogelsang collected $4,480,001 for his deep run in that event.

The player now has the chance to win big on European soil. Vogelsang ran quite well during Day 2 of the Super High Roller. The player emerged as the chip leader at some point in play to become the first to crack the 2 million mark. He then lost some of his momentum to regain it towards the end of the day and become the first and only player to crack the 3 million mark.

Vogelsang is thus leading the pack of six Super High Roller finalists into the final day of play with a stack of 3.02 million, well ahead of Sam Greenwood, who bagged the second largest stack last night (2.065 million) and Isaac Haxton (1.68 million), who rounded out the top three stacks.

Ali Reza Fatehi (1.84 million), Ole Schemion (1.49 million), and Justin Bonomo (1.405 million) are the other three players who are still in contention for the title and the first-place prize. It is important to note that Schemion and Bonomo are former EPT Monte Carlo Super High Roller winners.

Schemion won his title in 2016 for €1,597,800, while Bonomo became a Super High Roller champion back in 2012 for €1,640,000.

Super High Roller Action is set to resume at the host venue today at noon local time. The remaining contenders will play down to a champion.

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Friday Brings partypoker Grand Prix Germany Main Event Player Count to 1,646 Entries

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Friday Brings partypoker Grand Prix Germany Main Event Player Count to 1,646 Entries

Poker action is in full swing at the King’s Casino located in Rozvadov, the Czech Republic and this is clearly visible by the enthusiastic poker players currently participating in the long-anticipated partypoker Grand Prix Germany Main Event. The first three live starting flights already finished and this brought even more players to the overall players […]

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Betsoft Gaming launches Reels of Wealth slot

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Betsoft Gaming launches Reels of Wealth slot

Betsoft Gaming launches a brand new Reels of Wealth slot. The bew game is a multi-layered 5×3 slot game continuing Betsoft’s tradition of innovation. Reels of Wealth slot takes the proprietary ‘Trail System’ to the next level – providing a sense of progression as players hop into a hoard of different bonus features and begin collecting symbols. Designed to match ...

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Crown Resorts Limited fined for slot tampering in Melbourne

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Crown Resorts Limited fined for slot tampering in Melbourne

In Australia, casino operator Crown Resorts Limited has reportedly been fined AU$300,000 ($225,000) by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation after it was found to have contravened the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 at its Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex. According to a report from The Guardian newspaper, the firm was penalized after being […]

Online Bookmaker Pinnacle Greenlights Its Own B2B Sports Wagering Offering

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Online Bookmaker Pinnacle Greenlights Its Own B2B Sports Wagering Offering

All eyes in the United States are set on the future potential sports betting field and the decision of the United States Supreme Court which could change the way the gambling industry functions. Pennsylvania has been an arena of riveting action for quite some time now and two of the leading entities Pinnacle and Penn […]

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partypoker Grand Prix Germany Commences with Day 1a at King’s Casino Rozvadov

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partypoker Grand Prix Germany Commences with Day 1a at King’s Casino Rozvadov

The long-anticipated partypoker Grand Prix Germany Main Event saw its official starting day this Thursday and this locked all eyes on the King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. All of the participants had the chance to participate in the live Day 1a and those of them who survived will meet again on Day 2. The […]

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Triton Super High Roller Series Returns to Maestral Resort & Casino in May

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Triton Super High Roller Series Returns to Maestral Resort & Casino in May

Located in one of the most spectacular parts of the Adriatic coast, the recently renovated Maestral Resort & Casino near Budva, Montenegro is just weeks away from swinging its doors open to one of this year’s hottest poker events – the Triton Super High Roller Series 2018.

The thrilling poker festival will run from May 12-18, 2018 at the resort and will feature four different events. It will represented the highly anticipated continuation of the extremely successful Triton Super High Roller Series 2017 poker extravaganza that took place at the same resort last July.

The festival is set to kick off with a two-day HK$250,000 (approximately $31,859) buy-in Short Deck Ante-Only tournament. Another tournament with a buy-in fee of HK$250,000 is set to start on May 13. It will, too, take place over two days and will feature a 6-Max structure.

There will be one more Short Deck Ante-Only event to be played within the festival. However, players will have to pay HK$1 million (approx. $127,435) in order to be able to enter it. The tournament will be played on May 17-18 and will actually mark the end of the festival.

Main Event Action

As in its previous edition last summer, the Triton Super High Roller Series Main Event will take place over three days starting May 15. The buy-in for the tournament amounts to HK$1 million, which provides for the creation of a massive prize pool and an attractive first-place prize for the winner, in addition to great excitement for both tournament entries and viewers who will be following the action from the host casino’s rails or from home.

German poker pro Manig Loeser topped the event’s field last year to collect more than HK$16.8 million (approx. $2.16 million) and the accompanying champion’s trophy. Loeser was the last man standing from a field of 52 fellow entries, who created a prize pool of HK$48,921,600.

Winners of other Triton Super High Roller Series events over the years include Fedor Holz, another German high roller super star, Daniel Cates, Dan Colman, the winner of the 2014 WSOP Big One for ONE DROP, and John Juanda.

It is also important to note that the upcoming festival will be the first one of the Triton Super High Roller Series to be livestreamed on Twitch. Organizers have previously revealed that there will be separate streams in English, Chinese, and Russian. It has also been understood that Randy ‘nanonoko’ Lew and Kane Kalas will host the English-language stream.

The Short Deck Ante-Only format will be another innovation to be introduced during the series in May. The format has gained quite some popularity in Asia and now has the chance to make its debut on the European poker scene. It features a smaller deck comprised of 36 cards. The 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s are removed from it and the Aces double as 5s. Aside from that, the game is played as a traditional Texas Hold’em.

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Former Okada Manila exec Wolstenholme appointed COO at Hoi An project

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Former Okada Manila exec Wolstenholme appointed COO at Hoi An project

Veteran international gaming executive Steve Wolstenholme (pictured) has reportedly been appointed group chief operating officer (COO) for Hoi An South Development Ltd.’s US$4 billion Hoiana casino resort project. Located approximately 18.6 miles south of Da Nang, central Vietnam’s fastest growing tourist destination, Hoiana will feature premium amenities including luxury hotels, private villas, a condominium hotel, […]

MGM Springfield provisional opening date announced

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MGM Springfield provisional opening date announced

American casino operator MGM Resorts International has reportedly announced that its $960 million MGM Springfield property could open as soon as August 24 complete with a 125,000 sq ft casino offering some 3,000 slots alongside 100 gaming tables. According to a Thursday report from the Boston Herald newspaper, the venue will be the first Las Vegas-style integrated […]

Sports Integrity Global Alliance Announces Expert Summit on Sports Betting in Portugal

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Sports Integrity Global Alliance Announces Expert Summit on Sports Betting in Portugal

Sports betting has been a topic of wide discussion in the United States for the last few months and it is becoming more and more evident that entities operating in the gambling industry are looking forward to it. In the meantime, around the globe, more and more jurisdictions are turning to sports betting and this […]

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

WPT Bellagio Elite Poker Championship Main Event Commences this May

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WPT Bellagio Elite Poker Championship Main Event Commences this May

The World Poker Tour continues ahead with its rich schedule of poker festivals around the world. The next stop which is preparing to welcome the worldwide poker festival is going to be the good old Las Vegas which will see the start of WPT Bellagio Elite Poker Championship action on 1st May with an eagerly […]

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China lottery sales up 6% for March

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China lottery sales up 6% for March

In China, March ticket sales for its official lottery systems saw a 2.9% spike, with revenue growth for Q1 sales of 9.4% year-on-year. GGRAsia reports that according to China’s Ministry of Finance, aggregate ticket sales of CNY40 billion (US$6.34 billion) for the month of March were registered for the East Asia nation’s two lotteries: the […]

If All Goes Well, NJ Online Poker Players Will Have A Larger Pool To Play In On May 1

If All Goes Well, NJ Online Poker Players Will Have A Larger Pool To Play In On May 1
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If all goes well, NJ online poker players at WSOP NJ and 888 Poker NJ will be able to compete against others in Nevada and Delaware when the first interstate games launch May 1.

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Mr Green adds Pragmatic Play content to their offering

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Mr Green adds Pragmatic Play content to their offering

Leading online operator Mr Green adds Pragmatic Play content to their offering. As Mr Green adds Pragmatic Play content, the multi-award-winning casino games developer Pragmatic Play’s games will go live with Mr Green. The fact that Mr Green adds Pragmatic Play content is yet another significant operator integration. From now on Pragmatic Play games including Wolf Gold, Diamond Strike, Gold Rush and Hot Safari are now available ...

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Spirit installs Europe’s first Interblock innovation

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Spirit installs Europe’s first Interblock innovation

In Germany, Spielbanken Bayern’s Casino Bad Steben is now home to Europe’s very first Dealer Assist Blackjack electronic table game (ETG), which has been installed by Spirit Gaming, Interblock’s distribution partner in Austria, Switzerland and Germany. Commenting on the acquisition, Director for Casino Bad Steben, Udo Braunersreuther, said, “This is exactly what we have been […]

Gambling Machines Crackdown Announcement Due Within Weeks

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Gambling Machines Crackdown Announcement Due Within Weeks

The UK Government is set to reduce the maximum stake on the highly controversial fixed-odds betting terminals to £2, The Times reports citing people familiar with the ongoing discussions. An announcement is expected to be made within the next few weeks.

The decision was to be made public at an earlier stage, but according to media reports from yesterday the delay was incurred by Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, who was said to have previously been opposed to such a massive cut in the maximum stake. Mr. Hammond reportedly contested the measure as it would result into a huge fall in tax revenue.

At present, FOBTs accept £100 maximum stakes every 20 seconds. Following a review into the gaming machines sector conducted by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport, it was announced last fall that the maximum bet would be cut to somewhere between £50 and £2. A reduction to £2 would cost the exchequer £450 million in annual tax contributions, it has been estimated.

Latest media reports indicate that Mr. Hammond may be close to settling what was believed to be an ongoing dispute with supporters of a bigger reduction of the betting limits, with the latter group being led by Culture Secretary Matt Hancock. Sources told The Times that “[they] are nearly there”.

It is believed that Mr. Hancock and his team have managed to appease concerns voiced by Mr. Hammond about the impact the massive crackdown on FOBTs would have on tax revenue.

Alternative Revenue Sources

It is understood that levies will increase on other gambling services to offset losses incurred by the FOBTs crackdown. It is yet to be announced how exactly other forms of gambling will be taxed.

The announcement about the UK Government’s decision on the changes that will be introduced in the gambling machines sector is expected within the next several weeks. However, it will not be made before next week’s local elections due to purdah rules.

Following yesterday’s reports about Mr. Hammond’s opposition to a reduction of the maximum bet to £2, several influential MPs said that they would contest any decision that does not include a cut of the maximum stake to £2. Tory MPs Sarah Wollaston and Nick Boles were among those to say that they “will not support half measures”. Both officials took to Twitter to voice their opinion on the topic.

Shares in William Hill tumbled 11% as news about the pending crackdown on one of its key sources of revenue emerged earlier today. GVC, which recently acquired Ladbrokes Coral – the operator of the largest number of FOBTs across the UK, saw its shares go down 4.8% earlier today.

The B2 gaming machines or FOBTs represent UK’s second largest gambling sector. They generated gross gambling yield of £1.8 billion in the period between April 2016 and March 2017.

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Rozvadov’s King’s Casino Welcomes partypoker Grand Prix Germany

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Rozvadov’s King’s Casino Welcomes partypoker Grand Prix Germany

The King’s Casino located in Rozvadov, the Czech Republic is expected to once again welcome one of the leading festivals on a global scale and this would be the partypoker Grand Prix Germany. Over the span of 4 days, poker enthusiasts will have the chance to test their limits and poker skills at the wide […]

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Yggdrasil Gaming deals with Stanleybet to offer its games in Italy

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Yggdrasil Gaming deals with Stanleybet to offer its games in Italy

Yggdrasil Gaming deals with Stanleybet, a major operator to supply its extensive range of gaming content in Italy. As Yggdrasil Gaming deals with Stanleybet, the operator will also receive Yggdrasil’s range of complementary in-game promotional tools, BOOST™, and social sharing tool, BRAG™. Stanleybet is one of the leaders in retail betting and is now attracting its extensive customer base online, ...

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Wait, What? NBA, MLB Meet With NJ Lawmakers Ahead Of Sports Betting Decision

Wait, What? NBA, MLB Meet With NJ Lawmakers Ahead Of Sports Betting Decision
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Despite being against sports betting and litigants in the NJ sports betting case (Murphy vs NCAA), the NBA and MLB have reportedly met with NJ lawmakers ahead of a SCOTUS decision to help frame sports betting regulations.

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Governor Rick Scott agrees Seminole Tribe of Florida gambling deal

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Governor Rick Scott agrees Seminole Tribe of Florida gambling deal

The Republican Governor for Florida, Rick Scott (pictured), has reportedly agreed a deal that would continue to give the Seminole Tribe of Florida the exclusive rights to offer banked card games such as blackjack across the southern state through to the conclusion of the 2019 legislative session. According to a recent report from the local […]

Mare Balticum Gaming Summit 2018 is a must attend event

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Mare Balticum Gaming Summit 2018 is a must attend event

Mare Balticum Gaming Summit 2018 is a must attend event for companies that are operating or looking to operate in the Baltics or Scandinavian region. The “Mare Balticum” title of the event is inspired by local event titles which gather the locals from the Baltic Sea region. This is also main focus of the event, gathering the local industry and ...

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A Total of 29,319 Belgians Self-Excluded Themselves from Gambling in 2017

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A Total of 29,319 Belgians Self-Excluded Themselves from Gambling in 2017

As many as 29,319 Belgians self-excluded themselves from gambling (both online and at land-based venues) in 2017, according to a press release published earlier today on the official website of Belgian Minister of Justice Koen Geens.

The reported figure represents a 9% increase from 2016, when 26,782 opted for exclusion from various types of gambling services.

Another 158,413 were banned from gambling with a court ruling. Most of the court orders were issued to gamblers who had accumulated large debts as a result from their habits. Under Belgium’s gambling law, a court could ban residents from gambling, both online and at brick-and-mortar facilities, in certain cases.

It was also found that 409 gamblers were banned from participating in gambling activities after a request from a third party, including family members and/or partners. The requests are filed to and processed by the Belgian Gaming Commission.

According to today’s press release, the number of excluded and self-excluded people has grown significantly over the past five years. In 2013, 19,670 gamblers self-excluded themselves, while 82,580 were issued a court order and 89 were banned from gambling after a third-party request.

The names of all self-excluded players as well as of those banned from gambling as a result from a court ruling or a third-party request are added to a specially created system. Belgium’s Excluded Persons Information System (EPIS) has been active since 2004. It contains information about all gambling customers that have self-excluded themselves or have been banned from gambling. All gambling customers have their names and dates of birth checked into EPIS upon opening an account with a gambling website or entering a brick-and-mortar gambling facility so that excluded persons are prevented from gambling.

Additional Responsible Gambling Measures

While Belgian lawmakers and gambling regulators consider the country’s gambling exclusion system a powerful protection tool, a new set of rules aimed at serving the same purpose and enhancing existing tools were introduced last fall.

Last October, Belgian politicians gave the nod to proposed curbs on the way gambling services are advertised in the country. The move came as part of the Belgian government’s efforts to limit the proliferation of gambling among vulnerable people.

The new measures prohibit gambling operators from advertising their products during live sports broadcasts. Gambling ads should also not appear on Belgian media before a 10 pm watershed, unless they are part of a non-live sports program. In this case such ads should not air 15 minutes before and after children-focused programs. The new rules also aimed to crack down on affiliate marketing, banning the use of third-party websites for the promotion of gambling products and services.

Legislators also crafted non-advertising limitations as part of the larger package of measures, including a €275 monthly cap on the maximum value of bonuses offered by online gambling operators to each of their customers. Under the new rules, players would not be able to deposit more than €500 per week to fuel their online gambling accounts.

It is still to be confirmed when the new regulations would take effect. But it is believed that they will come into force eight months after their publication in the Belgian Official Journal.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

TOTOLOTEK RENEWS EL RESPONSIBLE GAMING CERTIFICATION

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TOTOLOTEK RENEWS EL RESPONSIBLE GAMING CERTIFICATION

INTRALOT Group’s subsidiary in Poland, Totolotek S.A., one of the leading and the longest operating omni-channel betting companies in Poland, has been recertified by the European Lotteries for its commitment to EL Responsible Gaming principles. EL recertifies operators every three years, with Totolotek first receiving certification for its responsible gaming programmes in 2015. Adam Lamentowicz, CEO of Totolotek, stated: Edmundo ...

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Village in northern Illinois twice rejects proposal for video gambling cafe

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Village in northern Illinois twice rejects proposal for video gambling cafe

In Illinois, a Naperville-based marketing agency’s plan for a video gambling cafĂ© in Kendall County was denied by Oswego Village Board members this week after reportedly receiving a similar rejection on March 6. The Chicago Tribune newspaper reports that earlier this week, 26-year-old Wilbur You, of You Holdings, made an appearance at a trustees meeting […]

Jason Sandling Eyes Second WSOP Circuit Main Event Title at Harrah’s Cherokee

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Jason Sandling Eyes Second WSOP Circuit Main Event Title at Harrah’s Cherokee

As many as 182 players reached Day 2 of the WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee $1,675 Main Event after entering the tournament on Days 1A and B. They are set to return at the host casino at noon North Carolina time and to continue their battle for the first-place prize and the gold ring that goes along with it.

The Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event attracted a field of 1,060 tournament entries who cracked the $1 million guarantee and generated a prize pool of $1.59 million. However, only the top 108 finishers will be treated to a portion of the money, which means that bursting the money bubble will be the first thing on today’s agenda.

The remaining survivors are scheduled to play ten one-hour levels today at the host venue. Their goal will be to hopefully reach the official nine-handed final table, but with 182 hopefuls left in contention that could be a difficult task.

The first flight of the tournament was played on Friday at Harrah’s Cherokee. It saw 407 players putting up the $1,675 buy-in fee to enter the event. Of them, only 67 bagged and tagged for the night. They were led by Andrew Mousmoules with 314,500 in chips.

Another 652 entries joined the field on Day 1B, which played Saturday at the host casino. However, only 115 survived throughout the day to secure a seat into Day 2. North Carolina native Jason Sandling ended Day 1B as the chip leader, transforming his 20,000 starting stack into a 340,000 one. The player will thus start Day 2 play as the overall chip leader across the tournament’s two starting flights.

Previous Triumphs

Sandling is vying for his third gold ring from the WSOP Circuit series and his second WSOP Circuit Main Event title. The player won his first Main Event at the same host venue four years ago. He topped a field of 665 entries at Harrah’s Cherokee to scoop a first-place prize of $204,487 and his first-ever gold piece from the popular poker series.

A year later, Sandling won a $365 No-Limit Hold’em at Horseshoe Baltimore for his second gold ring and a first-place payout of $14,505. He is now in a great position to make history at Harrah’s Cherokee, winning his second title from a Main Event and his largest WSOP Circuit cash.

As mentioned earlier, the top 108 finishers in the tournament will get paid. Payouts start from $2,926, but sights are set on the first-place prize of $294,152. Aside from the gold ring and the prize money, the winner will also secure a seat into the Global Casino Championship for a chance to win a WSOP gold bracelet.

Daniel Weinman is another player to be eying a second Main Event title. The player won that same event at Harrah’s Cherokee in 2015 for a gold ring and $280,260. Other notables still in contention include five-time gold ring winner Kurt Jewell, Josh Arieh, and Jonathan Hilton.

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Onshore Gambling Developers in Goa Insist on Lower Annual License Fees

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Onshore Gambling Developers in Goa Insist on Lower Annual License Fees

The Indian state of Goa and its authorities are putting in quite the effort to improve the gambling industry in the region and boost its performance. However, one of the recent moves of the government caused an immediate response from the companies operating in the field, as many of them were dissatisfied with the unwanted […]

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Betsoft deal with OCG International targets German market

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Betsoft deal with OCG International targets German market

Developer of innovative casino games for desktop and mobile, Betsoft Gaming, has agreed to a partnership deal with Maltese iGaming operator OCG International. Per the terms of the agreement, OCG International will now be able to offer Betsoft’s popular Slots3 games series, which includes the new Classic Slots collection, to its substantial brand portfolio. Betsoft […]

John Dollinger Captures WSOP Circuit Gold Ring at Harrah’s Cherokee after Previous Near-Miss

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John Dollinger Captures WSOP Circuit Gold Ring at Harrah’s Cherokee after Previous Near-Miss

John Dollinger from Gulf Breeze, Florida captured last night his first WSOP Circuit gold ring after running cold on one notable previous occasion. The poker pro bested 243 tournament entries in the $1,125 No-Limit Hold’em with a $200,000 guarantee, played at Harrah’s Cherokee.

Dollinger also received $59,536 in prize money to go along with his shiny new gold ring from the popular series. Two years ago, the player ran deep into the WSOP Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans Main Event. He eventually finished runner-up to David Hubbard. Dollinger scooped a $145,186 payout for finishing second in that event.

The brand new WSOP Circuit champion performed quite well in the event he took down last night at the host casino Harrah’s Cherokee. The player was mid-stacked upon entering the six-handed final table of the event. From that point on he only built up his stack to emerge the chip leader.

Dollinger faced Texan Daniel Jones heads-up. The two-handed match began with the eventual champion holding the chip lead. Dollinger never lost his advantage over his last opponent in the field of the $1,125 buy-in tournament. However, Jones proved to be a tough nut to crack as he made several attempts to double.

Jones actually managed to win some chips on two occasions, but never really came close to Dollinger. His final attempt to improve his situation at the table cost him his further participation. On what turned out to be the final hand in play, Jones went in for his last chips, hoping that Lady Luck would smile upon him.

The player had [Kh][Qh] which clashed into Dollinger’s [Ah][5c]. A dry board secured the victory for Dollinger, sending Jones to the rail. The latter collected $36,875 for making it that far into the tournament.

Event #8

The $1,125 No-Limit Hold’em with a guaranteed prize pool of $200,000 was the eighth gold ring event to be played as part of the WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee schedule. As mentioned earlier, the tournament drew 243 entries from all over the United States.

The event’s field cracked the guarantee and created a prize pool of $243,000. There were payouts for the final 26 finishers. The min-cash totaled $1,308. Players completed the event over two days of action.

There are three more gold rings left up for grabs at Harrah’s Cherokee. The $1,675 Main Event is, too, among the tournaments yet to be completed. The event features a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million. It kicked off Friday at the host venue and will run through April 23.

As many as 407 players paid the buy-in fee of $1,675 to enter the event during Day 1A. Of them, only 67 made it through the end of the day and will return at Harrah’s Cherokee on Sunday for Day 2.

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Macau Authorities Fight against Illegal Cryptocurrency Operation in the Region

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Macau Authorities Fight against Illegal Cryptocurrency Operation in the Region

Cryptocurrency has been one of the hot topics for quite some time now and as with every new trend enjoying the attention of many people, there were attempts of frauds involving virtual currency as well. According to the recently issued information, the authorities have been on the lookout for illegal crypto activities and operation. Macau’s […]

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Changes Afoot: Tropicana Atlantic City Casino Sold As Part Of $1.85 Billion Deal

Changes Afoot: Tropicana Atlantic City Casino Sold As Part Of $1.85 Billion Deal
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In another change for Atlantic City's casinos, Carl Icahn has sold Tropicana Atlantic City hotel and casino as part of a larger deal that gives Tropicana Entertainment Inc. new owners.

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GameArt entered Romania and Italy with iSoftBet’s help

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GameArt entered Romania and Italy with iSoftBet’s help

GameArt entered Romania and Italy for the first time, starting with a launch on NetBet. GameArt entered Romania and Italy with iSoftBet‘s help. iSoftBet is a market-leading online and mobile casino content provider. iSoftBet and GameArt have a longstanding partnership, with the developer’s games available through its Game Aggregation Platform (GAP). GAP boasts more than 1,500 slots from 35+ suppliers ...

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Oregon Could Introduce Sports Betting to the Field Without Additional Laws

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Oregon Could Introduce Sports Betting to the Field Without Additional Laws

Sports betting is a topic of large discussions across the states as it has the potential to attract many people to the gambling field and keep them interested. The state of Oregon recently announced that it has a broader authority to introduce sports betting to its residents if the United States Supreme Court decides that […]

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Wynn Resorts Chairman Rejects Elaine Wynn’s Board Reshuffle Proposal

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Even though the former Chief Executive Officer of Wynn Resorts is no longer part of the staff, the aftermath of the alleged sexual misconduct scandal from the end of January still lingers. His ex-wife Elaine Wynn recently made a move to overhaul the casino operator board, as he is the largest shareholder at the moment, […]

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Prague: the main blockchain event of the Czech Republic

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Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Prague: the main blockchain event of the Czech Republic

Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Prague, the fourth annual event dedicated to the blockchain, cryptocurrencies and ICO, will be held on May 17. This is one of the largest platforms in Europe for the exchange of experience and search for potential partners. Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Prague is an event organized by the Smile-Expo company, which created a network of blockchain ...

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Atlantic City Casino Revenue Slips Again In March, But Summer Is On The Horizon

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Four nor'easters lumbered through New Jersey in March, resulting in a decrease of year-on-year revenue for Atlantic City's seven casinos. But with summer comes Hard Rock Atlantic City and Ocean Resort Casino.

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Wazdan deals with Videoslots online casino

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UK-licensed Wazdan has started the second quarter of the year as they finished the first quarter, with an unprecedented number of new partnerships and agreements. This time Wazdan deals with Videoslots, the world’s largest online casino. Malta-based Wazdan has a unique portfolio of over 100 casino-friendly games sought by industry-leading operators around the world. Wazdan’s ‘Passion for Games’ is changing ...

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DraftKings announces coming expansion into Australia

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DraftKings announces coming expansion into Australia

American daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings has announced that it intends to start offering its online contests to players in Australia later this year after receiving a license from the Northern Territory Racing Commission. Boston-based DraftKings explained that Australia has become the eighth nation to license its services before stating that it plans to begin […]

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Second edition of Prague Gaming Summit sees growth

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It has been three weeks since the second edition of the Prague Gaming Summit has come to an end and organizers of the event have announced noticeable growth for the conference. The Vienna House Prague hosted the event on March 29th, with tickets selling out, which led to organizers extend seating from the originally planned for […]

NJ Sports Betting Case Nets A Price Tag Of $8.6 Million In Legal Fees

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A recent report revealed that New Jersey has spent $8.6 million in legal fees during its yearslong fight to legalize sports betting, but the NJ sports betting case is coming to a close with the Supreme Court deciding its fate soon.

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eSports Pioneer Unikrn Integrates iGaming Platform ChallengeMe.GG in Its Structure

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The world of eSports is a vast space which has a lot on offer on any given day, but especially after a successful deal between two companies willing to work towards improving the field. The eSports betting company Unikrn is one of the progressive players on the field and according to the recent information, the […]

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Seventh annual Gaming in Holland Conference

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Announcing the 2018 Gaming in Holland Conference and Responsible Gaming Awards Dinner. Don’t miss it! Join us this June in Amsterdam for the seventh annual Gaming in Holland Conference. As always, the Gaming in Holland Conference is THE place to connect with all the key players in the Dutch gaming industry. Moreover, the 2018 edition will feature the presentation of ...

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